Inter Milan and Manchester United representatives will meet today to try and conclude a deal for Romelu Lukaku, with the Italian side hoping to sign the striker on a two-year loan move.
Negotiations have been ongoing for weeks, with Lukaku making it clear he wants to swap Manchester for Milan but the Serie A club not matching United’s valuation of £80m.
The Belgian is reportedly increasingly unhappy with life at Old Trafford and wants to push through a move away, after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear Marcus Rashford would be first choice striker at the club.
Inter will test United’s resolve with a complicated two-year loan offer, which could amount to a total cost of €70m (£63m), reports Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Romano has detailed Inter’s opening bid to be a €10M loan fee, €30M in June 2020 and €30M in June 2021, with an obligation to buy. Whether United will accept the offer is yet to be seen as it was thought they were hoping for as much money as possible up front.
This loan bid will only see the Red Devils pocket around £9m this summer, which will not be a great deal of help as they look for a replacement up front.
Inter’s sport director, Piero Ausilio, has flown to London to meet with United chiefs and try to get the deal over the line. Lukaku is currently with the rest of the Manchester United squad in Australia for the club’s pre-season tour which sees them take on Perth Glory on Saturday and then Leeds United on Wednesday.
The Red Devils then meet Inter Milan on Saturday 20 July in Singapore and the Belgian will be hoping his allegiances will have changed by then.